CAREER: Characterizing the Process of Planet Formation around Low-Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

CAREER: Characterizing the Process of Planet Formation around Low-Mass Stars and Brown Dwarfs ABSTRACT AST 0544588 Kevin Luhman Dr. Kevin Luhman, at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, will undertake research to: 1) search for low-mass stars and brown dwarfs to determine how common circumstellar disks are around these stars; 2) measure the physical properties of the protoplanetary disks found around low-mass stars and brown dwarfs; and 3) search for evidence of ongoing giant planet formation in the disks found around low-mass stars and brown dwarfs. The proposed activities are intended to comprise the most comprehensive study to date of protoplanetary disks around low-mass stars and brown dwarfs, and to help determine the abundance and diversity of planetary systems in the universe. Dr. Luhman will undertake educational activities that consist of: 1) developing a new graduate course on extrasolar planets and planet formation; 2) involving undergraduate and graduate students in both research and educational activities; 3) guiding projects in astronomy by middle- and high-school students in the research competitions of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science; 4) participating in the astronomy training of middle- and high-school educators through the Penn State Inservice Workshops in Astronomy; 5) initiating a new elderhostel on astronomy at Penn State University; and 6) disseminating to the general public the discoveries from his research activities through press releases and public lectures.

StatusFinished
Effective start/end date8/1/067/31/12

Funding

  • National Science Foundation: $681,274.00
  • National Science Foundation: $681,274.00

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